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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Several things are considered as you plan to travel to a different country to ensure a comfortable trip in the country you choose to visit. Hera ere some of the key things you must consider;

  • Passport and Visas.  

If it’s your first time, your passport may take up to six weeks to get ready. You will need to apply early enough to avoid late applications. You can also apply for one if you are traveling sooner but that attracts an extra charge and you can have your passport in two to three weeks time. If you have one already, you will need to check your passport expiry date checked to cover at least six months before you travel to another country. If the expiration date is close, you will need to renew it as soon as possible before you plan your trips to other countries.

Applying for Visas on the other hand has been made easy with the online system making it easy to acquire your Visa from the comfort of your home just on your computer.

  • Vaccination and prescriptions.

You will need special vaccination and treatment before you travel to most countries, for the case of Uganda you will need to have yellow fever vaccination, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, measles for infants, rabies, meningitis, Malaria and typhoid. You will have to take this vaccination before you travel to avoid catching or spreading diseases to other people. Make sure you carry the appropriate and enough prescriptions to last for your trip and get to know which drugs are illegal in your destination country.

  • Travel warnings and advisories.

Find out to understand the travel warnings by your country and the destination country especially considering the weather and security of the country you plan to visit. It may not be safe for travelers to move into or from a country that has a threatening environment to the tourists. Make sure you have your attention to the travel warnings in your own country and the country you plan to travel to.

  • Register your trip with state Agencies

Registration of your trip is good to help the state locate you in case of emergencies. You can share your itinerary if possible with government authorities and with your family and friends to make it easy to locate you at all times.

  • Prepare your funds

Have one or two credit cards ready to take with you for your journey. Contact your issuer for notice about the countries you plan to visit, sometimes these cards may be denied access to funds on international transfers as they be suspicious. The best exchange rate can be through the bank so you may need to use your ATM to withdraw cash and do not move with too much cash with you than what you need.

  • Photocopy your travel documents

Make copies of you travel documents and keep th4em separately as you travel. Make sure you have your passports, visas and other sensitive documents are safely kept with more than one extra copy. If you can scan them and keep on your email to have your copy safe. The scanned copy enables you to have a copy of your documents without the need for internet especially when you reach very remote areas.

  • Languages

Learn key phrases in the foreign languages if possible especially greeting phrases like ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ this will make your trip more fun especially when you meet the local people that may not understand your language.  

  • Health and travel Insurance

It’s good to check your health and insurance policy before you travel to see if it has international coverage. And if not you may need to buy a short term policy that covers your entire trip abroad. The policies, coverage and the general terms and conditions vary from one company to another but note that they refund on cancellation, postponement or cut short trips and several other key conditions that may require a refund.

  • Climate

Tropical. Rainy seasons, March to May, and September to November. Dry seasons, December to February and mid-June to mid-August. Mean annual temperatures range from about 16°C (61°F) in the south-western highlands to 25°C (77°F) in the northwest. In the northeast, temperatures exceed 30°C (86°F) about 254 days per year.

  • Currency

Uganda Shilling (Ush). U$1 = Ush3700 (March 2019) In Uganda, Ugandan shilling (UGX), divided into 100 cents, is paid. There are scores of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 UGX and coins of 100, 200, 500 and 1000 UGX. Changing the Euro, the US Dollar and the British Pound is the most common. When changing US dollars, problems may arise if the bills are torn or labeled or if they were printed before 2006, for the older bills the counterfeit rate is very high.

Several other things may be necessary before you travel but the above are the key things you need to know before you plan your safari to a different country.

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